Vegas celebrates Elvis’ birthday

This weekend the city synonymous with  Elvis Presley is celebrating what would have been the performer’s 75th birthday on January 8. Fans of all ages won’t want to miss these events in honor of the King.

On the Las Vegas Strip
Elvis performs at the Hotel International, now the Las Vegas Hilton.During the day Elvis fans can spend time looking at relics from their favorite entertainer at The King’s Ransom at Imperial Palace. The King’s Ransom is a multimillion dollar exhibit of Presley artifacts and priceless personal treasures including the King’s 1977 Lincoln Continental, personal clothing, guns and other items from Graceland including the Bible that was on his nightstand when Elvis passed away.

“Kissin’ Cousins” co-star Cynthia Pepper and “Blue Hawaii” co-star Darlene Tompkins will be making special appearances at the exhibit Jan. 8 – 9 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. King’s Ransom is located on the third floor of the casino. Hours are 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. daily and admission is $10. Each guest with paid admission will receive a free collectible souvenir while supplies last.

Fans looking to “Shake, Rattle and Roll” to sounds of the King won’t want to miss Pete “Big Elvis” Vallee who has been performing at Bill’s Gamblin’ Hall & Saloon for the past eight years. His free show on Jan. 8 at 3, 5 and 6:30 p.m. includes a vast catalogue of Elvis hits spanning rock, country, gospel, R & B and pop music. He will be joined by Chuck Rawlings, as they also pay tribute to other musical icons including Conway Twitty, Roy Orbison, Jay & The Americans, Louis Armstrong and more.

Elvis’ personal friend and bodyguard Sonny West, the Las Vegas Elvis Fan Club and other special guests will also be on hand to add to the festivities.

Pete Vallee as ElvisOn Jan. 8 – 9 at 8 p.m. the Cannery is celebrating the King’s life with special performances by Johnny Fortuno and gospel group The Stamps Quartet.

Fortuno has been praised by critics and celebrities as one of the best Elvis tribute artists in town. He embraces all of the energy and charisma of the King with his performances of “Don’t Be Cruel,” “Heartbreak Hotel” and other Elvis classics.

While Elvis was famous for his rock ‘n’ roll, he was also known for his love of gospel music. The Stamps Quartet performed regularly with Elvis during concerts and recordings, and he referred to them as his favorite group of gospel singers. Guests at the show will get to see the quartet perform as they did with the King.

Other special guests, friends and co-stars of Elvis will also be at the celebration including West, Pepper, Tompkins, the DJ from “Elvis on Air” Steven Christopher and a few other surprise guests. Admission is $10 at the door.

A feast fit for the King
Not only will you get to hear the sounds of Elvis but you can also eat like the King at the Cannery Row Buffet also at Cannery Casino. Throughout the weekend the buffet will feature a “Food That Fed the King” section including deep fried pickles, peanut butter & banana sandwiches, southern fried chicken, smothered pork chops, collard greens, green bean casserole, ham hocks and potato & cheese soup.

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